Rainbow Paper Plate Wind Spinner

A fun and easy rainbow craft for kids, these Rainbow Wind Spinners are a quick craft for a rainy day that twist and twirl when they catch a gust of wind.

A fun and easy paper plate craft for kids, these rainbow wind spinners or whirligigs are super simple to make and are absolutely mesmerizing for young kids to watch as they twist and twirl in front of a window. There are so many unique ways you can decorate your own DIY wind spinners.

DIY Wind Spinner Craft

Do you call these whirligigs or wind spinners?

I think whirligig is such a fun name that evokes thoughts of fantastical Roald Dahl books, but I’m pretty sure no one would know what you’re talking about if you said you made whirligigs with the kids today. (But maybe that can be part of the fun!)

These rainbow paper plate whirligigs are so incredibly easy to make – and once you make one, you can quickly turn out dozens of them. You could have a whole window full of these twirly, magical paper plate wind spinners, all with unique, fun designs.

(I’ve since made these Love Bug Paper Plate Twirlers and Starry Night Sky versions for my friend Maggie’s site.)

My daycare kids love watching their DIY wind spinners twirl in the wind as they fall asleep for nap time and I think the glitter paint really adds to the magic.

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DIY Wind Spinner Materials

Tip: I highly recommend grabbing a couple of these sturdy plastic lunch trays. I use these for almost all of our craft or kitchen activities, as well as in our Montessori practical life activities. Ours have lasted for over 6 years and are still going strong, plus they are so great for containing messes and allowing the kids to set a project to the side while it dries (or if you have to clear off the table for supper).

How to Make a Whirligig

Set out rainbow paints and the paper plates on a protected surface.

Provide your children with paintbrushes and encourage them to paint with all of the rainbow colors, however they see fit. (I just did a striped rainbow pattern for this example craft.)

Once they are done painting their rainbow paper plate, allow the paint to dry. You may need to add more than one coat if your paint is opaque or the paper plate absorbs some of the paint.

Working from the outer edge of the paper plate, cut a swirl pattern into the plate, leaving a 2″ circle in the middle. (As shown.)

Poke a hole in the center of the circle and thread your embroidery thread or string through it. Secure with a double knot.

Hang your wind spinner in front of a window or somewhere where it will catch gusts of wind.

 

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How to make rainbow paper plate wind spinners. A twisty, twirly whirligig that will mesmerize the kids as it catches gusts of winds - there are so many fun ways to decorate your own wind spinners

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Rainbow Paper Plate Wind Spinner

Rainbow Paper Plate Wind Spinner

A fun and easy paper plate craft for kids, these rainbow wind spinners or whirligigs are super simple to make and are absolutely mesmerizing for young kids to watch as they twist and twirl in front of a window. There are so many unique ways you can decorate your own DIY wind spinners.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Paper Plate
  • Washable Paint in all rainbow colors
  • Embroidery Thread or String

Tools

  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Set out rainbow paints and the paper plates on a protected surface.
  2. Provide your children with paintbrushes and encourage them to paint with all of the rainbow colors, however they see fit. (I just did a striped rainbow pattern for this example craft.)
  3. Once they are done painting their rainbow paper plate, allow the paint to dry. You may need to add more than one coat if your paint is opaque or the paper plate absorbs some of the paint.
  4. Working from the outer edge of the paper plate, cut a swirl pattern into the plate, leaving a 2" circle in the middle. (As shown.)
  5. Poke a hole in the center of the circle and thread your embroidery thread or string through it. Secure with a double knot.
  6. Hang your wind spinner in front of a window or somewhere where it will catch gusts of wind.

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I hope your kids love getting to make their own paper plate wind spinners as much as my daycare kids did! Let me know what fun design ideas you come up with!

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